Category: Community

Dallas Summer Musicals Gala Replaces Entertainment


Brian Stokes Mitchell

Brian Stokes Mitchell, two-time Tony Award-winner and Theater Hall of Fame member, was announced as the featured entertainment for the Dallas Summer Musicals (DSM) Gala on Nov. 4 in the Music Hall at Fair Park.

Mitchell replaces Broadway star Bernadette Peters, who was originally slated to perform at the gala.

Sons of the Flag, Parkland Team up to Improve Burn Care


Sons of the Flag Founder, Ryan Parrott, makes it his mission to help burn victims and improve burn care. (Photo: Lorelei Day)

Severe burns often bring intense, prolonged pain with lasting wounds that can draw unwelcome attention from others.

“When you have severe burns and disfigurement and have to go out into the public every day to live a normal life, you get scrutinized for the way you look — and it’s not something you can change,” said former Navy SEAL Ryan Parrott.

Recognizing that there’s a high number of people with traumatic burns, Parrott founded Sons of the Flag to fund medical research and help victims pay for the high costs associated with burn care.

Texas Constitutional Amendments Slated for November Ballot

Important Dates

Oct. 10 – Last day to register to vote in this election

Oct. 23 – First day of early voting

Oct. 27 – Last day to apply for ballot by mail

Nov. 3 – Last day of early voting

Nov. 7 – Election Day


Texas voters will have the final say this November on seven proposed state constitutional amendments that range in topic from creating tax exemptions for disabled veterans and first responders to allowing banks and financial institutes to hold raffles to promote savings.

Tolleson Center to Serve Youth, Special Needs Ministries


Tolleson Family Center will include underground parking plus spaces for special needs and youth ministries. (Courtesy HPUMC)

Open land between Highland Park United Methodist Church and nearby apartments looked ready to become a construction site. To the Rev. Paul Rasmussen, it also looked like holy ground.

There, across Hillcrest Avenue from the main church campus, Highland Park UMC is building its Tolleson Family Activity Center. The 65,000-square-foot building will include special-needs ministry and youth ministry spaces plus underground parking for 140 vehicles.

“Thousands upon thousands will pass through these hallways and their lives will be changed and impacted for the better,” Rasmussen, the senior pastor, told those assembled for a ceremonial ground breaking in late August. “That is holy ground.”

National Night Out a Success Despite Downpour

John Reoch enjoying a sandwich at the National Night Out event. (Photo: Jackie Torres)

The rain on Tuesday didn’t stop Preston Hollow residents from celebrating National Night Out (NNO). In fact, hundreds of people turned up to mingle with neighbors and local police in Brad Griffith’s backyard – the traditional location for the event. (Disclosure: There was a tent!)

Carillonneurs to Converge in Dallas


Highland Park United Methodist Church’s bourdon, midrange, and treble bells hang in the belfry. (Photo: Chirag Sainju)

Late one afternoon, John Acker unlocked the back door of Highland Park United Methodist Church, walked through the sanctuary, climbed the stairs to the balcony, then mounted a perilously narrow 38-step spiral staircase to reach the carillon keyboard that controls 48 bronze bells in the belfry.

In 1984, when it was installed, the four-octave Porter Memorial Carillon was the largest in Texas. Its lowest bass bell, the bourdon, weighs 2 1/2 tons and highest treble bell, 28 pounds.

Replacement of the instrument cast in the three-centuries-old foundry Fonderie Paccard would cost an estimated three quarters of a million dollars.